This paper was originally produced on the Science AAAS online magazine, and is reproduced here with permission from The American Association for the Advancement of Science By Barack Obama President of the United States, Washington, DC 20500, USA. Email: press@who.eop.gov. After 20 January 2017: contact@obamaoffice44.org Private-sector efforts help drive decoupling of emissions and economic growth [read more »]


January 2017 LAYING A SOLID FOUNDATION The NAPHN is an organization that has evolved slowly and organically since 2010. We’ve taken some time to carefully determine how best to support the specific needs of our ‘boots on the ground’ membership, while balancing a growing need for the resources and structure that is more efficiently provided [read more »]


Passive House Certification by the Passive House Institute and its worldwide network of accredited certifiers has a long track record of reliable quality assurance.  Yet as Passive House grows in adoption, financial lenders and regulators may require further onsite third-party verification.  To meet these requirements the North American Certifiers Circle is establishing a new optional third-party verification [read more »]


NYPH proudly hosted the 2016 NAPHN conference this past June.   Working with NAPHN and Building Energy Exchange, we hosted two breakout sessions focused on advancing the Passive House building performance standard as a policy framework.  Public and private policy stakeholders from across North America and Europe attended. This briefing – link – summarizes the content. [read more »]

John Lee, from the NYC Mayor's Office of Sustainability presents on NYC's deep carbon reduction goals

New York City – From today until January 30th 2017, NYPH is accepting applications for the annual New York Passive House Conference & Expo, NYPH17. With three million square feet (and growing!) of Passive House projects in the pipeline, New York State is experiencing fast growth. This conference will showcase the very best and latest [read more »]

(Note: This post was first published on the 475 High Performance Building Supply blog and is reproduced here with permission.)   As the New York Times, post-election, reminds us: if Trump abandons the commitments of COP21 made in Paris, other countries like India will likely become disincentivized to act. If this comes to pass it will be [read more »]

(Note: This post was first published on the 475 High Performance Building Supply blog and is reproduced here with permission.) Passive House is growing around the world.  Yet some regions seem to be moving farther, faster. Why? 475’s own Ken Levenson had a chance to explore this question when asked to talk about what’s happening [read more »]

NYPH is proud to announce that its leadership for the next year has been finalized.  It turned out to be a three step process. First, there was an online election by the whole membership with results announced at the September 14th 2016 Annual NYPH Member Meeting. In alphabetical order by last name: 1.  Lois Arena, Steven [read more »]


On October 25, 2016, Queens community leaders celebrated the ground breaking of the borough’s first senior housing to meet the Passive House Standard for comfort, heath, and energy efficiency. The new structure will also be the first affordable housing site built in Corona in over 30 years. The non-profit developer, HANAC, worked with NYC’s Department [read more »]

On October 15th,  Passive House Massachusetts will be hosting a symposium, addressing the policy and practice of Passive House, as well as local projects that involve high-performance buildings. This symposium will be a great platform to connect architects, builders, engineers, home/building owners, policymakers, real estate professionals, students and the general public interested in Passive House. Ken Levenson [read more »]